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Urge WWF to stop funding abuses in Southeast Cameroon

In the past few decades the ‘Pygmy’ peoples homelands have been devastated by logging, war and encroachment from farmers.

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Baka ‘Pygmies’ and other rainforest tribes in Cameroon are being forced from their ancestral homelands in the name of “conservation.” Much of their land has been turned into ‘protected areas.’ Hunting regulations often criminalize them as “poachers” when they hunt to feed their families. The Baka have not given their consent to these developments, and yet the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) continues to support them.

In addition, wildlife officers often harass and assault Baka men and women and their neighbors.

WWF is one of the government’s most influential partners, and provides essential support and funding for the anti-poaching squads. Over 13 years after it first learnt of the abuse of Baka by the squads, it has still not taken effective action – as we explain in our legal complaint.

Please email the director of WWF and ask for the organization to stop funding the anti-poaching squads until the abuses stop, and to uphold its human rights commitments.

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